Wildflower Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Lake San Antonio, California
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 5h 21m 55s
Overall Rank = 280/
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 65/
Pre-race routine:

Ate a banana. Drank a bottle of Heed. Rode down to transition, racked my back and set up all my gear. Walked around a bit and made sure I knew which way everything was going, swim to bike, bike to run etc.
Event warmup:

Got in the water about 15 minutes before my wave start. Swam for about ten minutes. Got in the back of my wave knowing I would get passed by the faster swimmers.
  • 40m 23s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

The swim sucked. My warm up wasn't enough and I wasn't breathing enough went from breathing every third stroke to every other stroke and that made a huge difference.
What would you do differently?:

Try to warmup a lot more and time it to within a minute or two of my start.
Transition 1
  • 03m 15s

My shoes wouldn't stay velcroed shut. Bike computer wasn't reading speed as I was running out of T1, stopped to adjust it twice.
What would you do differently?:

I need to get newer shoes for racing in. The velcro on my current shoes is toast.
  • 2h 56m 35s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.03 mile/hr

Good day on the bike. I threw my chain at about mile four, lost maybe 15 seconde there. Tried to eat and drink as much as I could without feeling bogged down. Felt like I was going either 30-40mph or 5 mph, with all the ups and downs. Course never really felt flat.
What would you do differently?:

MAybe push the hills a little harder. Try not to relax so much on the flats, I think I could of got an extra mile or two per hour on some of the longer flats, and down hills.
Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

Good transition. Left sock was a little slow but everything else went really good.
  • 1h 40m 1s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 38s  min/mile

Ran purely off of heart rate and effort. Never really looked at split times. Ran my race and kept it fairly conservative for the first four miles.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate everything I could get my hands on. Tried to walk around as much as possible.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Crappy swim, dropping my chain.

Event comments:

Great well put together race. Getting down to transition is a pain in the butt. The race is well supported with tons of aid stations and really good volunteers.

Last updated: 2009-05-06 12:00 AM
00:40:23 | 2112 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 186/
Overall: 1089/
Performance: Below average
Suit: Zoot Zenith
Course: Nasty green stuff in the water. A jet ski went right in front of me and I could taste the exhaust in the water, about made me puke. After the turn the buoys were really hard to site kept siting to far right.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
02:56:35 | 56 miles | 19.03 mile/hr
Age Group: 70/
Overall: 319/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills for the first forty miles. Nasty grade at mile 40-45, then the scariest descent I have ever rode down.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:40:01 | 13.1 miles | 07m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 37/
Overall: 141/
Performance: Good
Course: Nasty rolling hills, to really sharp climbs. Got a little hot towards 6 and 7.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5